My Ravelry favorites and queue are filling up ridiculously fast. The problem is, I do quite a bit of knitting in public, and as such, friends and acquaintances often ask me to make them things.Because I am a sucker and like to make people happy, I tend to say yes.
Don’t get me wrong, I do charge for these pieces. Not a lot though. I think I charged Maranda $50, but the yarn was $30. For unbelievably great friends, I don’t charge at all for time or labor, but everyone pays for their own yarn, dammit, I’m broke. And then there are just the straight up presents that I have to make, because I always seem to volunteer myself.
So basically I never have time to make anything for myself. Literally the only items that I have knitted that are mine are a scarf and a hat. One each. I knit constantly, how can I have nothing to wear? So after Christmas, that’s it for quite awhile. No more. Although at the very moment I wrote that, I’m thinking “well, maybe for Tyler (fiancee). And Morgan (step-kid). And maybe mom, dad and Gwen (sister). See, this is the problem. So perhaps I can try a moratorium on things for other people until the end of February? January at the very least. This girl needs some self control.
So except for the Christmas presents already lined up, this will be my last PFO (project for others – is that an established knitting term? Because it should be) for some time. So to kick off my “Selfish Knitting Period” I am posting my very first pattern that I have followed through on writing out. Without further ado, here it is, the Meaning of Life Scarf, so called for its 42 big cables. If you understand the connection, we can be friends.
Written patterns do confound me on occasion. What can be a very simple idea turns into quantum physics in knitting pattern lingo. Here’s a quick rundown of what you will be doing and why.
Picking it Apart
Cables: There are multiple kinds of cables going on in this pattern. There are sets of cables using 4 stitches total with two on the cable needle (C2F, C2B) and sets of cables using 8 stitches total with four on the cable needle (C4F, C4B). There are two sets of two knit-side cables visible on each side of the piece, however sometimes you will be creating said cables on the right (knit) side of the cable, and sometimes your will be creating the cables on the wrong (purl) side of the cable. When you will be making cables with purled stitches, they are noted in blue below.
Size: Approximately 10.5″ x 9′
Materials: Cascade Yarns 220 Wool or any similar worsted weight yarn (100% Peruvian Highland Wool; 100 g. / 3.5 oz) – 3 skeins. I used Navy (8393), but pick your favorite.
Needle Size: US 8 (5 mm) knitting needles, or size needed to obtain guage
Tools: Yarn needle
Gauge: 20 sts in stockinette = 4″ / 5 sts per inch
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: P1, K50, P1
Row 3: K1, P1, K48, P1, K1
Row 4: P1, K1, P48, K1, P1
Repeat rows 3 and 4
Row 7: K1, P1, K48, P1, K1
Row 8: P1, K1, P4, K40, P4, K1, P1
Row 9: K1, P1, K4, P40, K4, P1, K1
Repeat rows 8 and 9 twice
I used place markers between knit and purl sections. While not necessary, it’s still kinda nice.
*Row 14 (Row A): P1, K1, P4, K6, P8, K4, P4, K4, P8, K6, P4, K1, P1
Row 15 (Row B): K1, P1, K4, P6, K8, P4, K4, P4, K8, P6, K4, P1, K1
Repeat rows A, B, A
Rs Row 19: K1, P1, K4, P6, K8, C2B, K4, C2F, K8, P6, K4, P1, K1 – This is the row everyone seems to have issues with – check out the walkthrough here.
Repeat rows A, B, A, B, A
Rs Row 25: K1, P1, K4, P6, C4B, P4, K4, P4, C4F, P6, K4, P1, K1*
Repeat * to * 42 times, or until whatever crazy length you like.
WS facing: Row A, B, A, B, A
Rs facing: K1, P1, K4, P6, K8, C2B, K4, C2F, K8, P6, K4, P1, K1
Repeat rows A, B, A, B, A
Row 1a: K1, P1, K4, P40, K4, P1, K1
Row 1b: P1, K1, P4, K40, P4, K1, P1
Repeat rows 1a and 1b twice
Row 2a: K1, P1, K48, P1, K1
Row 2b: P1, K1, P48, K1, P1
Repeat rows 2a and 2b
Row 3a: K1, P1, K48, P1, K1
Row 3b: P1, K50, P1
Row 4a Knit
BO and weave in ends.
That’s it! My very first pattern! Hope you like it. So long and thanks for all the fish.
Would you like a nice, neat, printable version of this pattern? You can find it and others in my Etsy shop!